Our Future is Garbage: Rejecting Climate Despair in Speculative Science Fiction
R Baker / University of California, Santa Barbara
Baker discusses hope and despair in the face of climate crisis as manifest in science fiction media narratives, focusing on Pixar’s WALL-E (2008), Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968), and Rosaura Sanchez and Beatrice Pita’s Lunar Braceros: 2125-2148 (2019).
Black Twitter is Dead… But Its Spirit Will Live On
Jabari Evans / University of South Carolina
Dr. Jabari Evans muses on Black Twitter and how its culture might continue after its demise.
Love, Death, and AI
Cait McKinney / SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Dr. Cait McKinney reflects on the heteronormativity of popular discourse on Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered chatbots.
Chicago 1968 and the Kaleidoscopic Mosaic of the 1960s TV News Experience
Michael Socolow / University of Maine
Dr. Michael Socolow recounts how television coverage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago ignited discussion about the accuracy of television reporting, in addition to raising questions about how viewers interpret TV news.
Viewing Women Readers: Digital Culture and Feminist Close Reading
Michele White / Tulane University
Dr. Michele White shows how feminist forms of close reading are a productive method for studying digital media and culture.